No One in the Room Looks Like Me
Ayanna Howard on being the only woman in the room, overcoming self-doubt and owning her voice.
AYANNA HOWARD: Early on in my career, the main obstacles were ensuring that my voice was heard based on my skill set and my knowledge base. A lot of times, you go into a place, and your voice should be heard. And you know it, because you have the highest degree in the room, you have the most experience. And yet, you're somehow devalued. Either, A, you're cut off, or there's an assumption that you are not the engineer in the room, that you have a different role.
And so you start doubting, like, oh, maybe I'm not supposed to be in this room. No one else in this room looks like me. And so that aspect is more of an internal doubt. So those were the biggest milestones that you had to overcome. One is getting your real voice heard, and the other is dealing with your own self-doubt.